Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
Archaeology has long been in the interest of the public, but archaeologists have not always been capable of bringing our discipline to the people. There is untapped potential for archaeology to bridge gaps between communities’ pasts and presents, and to provide practical assistance in the realm of social change and education. Through a series of online surveys targeting former participants and coordinators of pre-college archaeological education programs, this thesis seeks to understand how archaeology can impact students’ ability to learn basic STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) skills and their relationship with their own communities through community-based educational programs. These educational youth programs can lead to a better educated – and more interested – citizenry, creating a community of fierce protectors of the past, and it can lead to a more inclusive field of archaeology.